Polish of Vietnamese descent composer and pianist, Ania Vu (née Vu Dang Minh Anh) is pursuing a Ph.D. as a Benjamin Franklin Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Her recent music explores varied notions of time, musical energy related to form, and the interplay between linguistical sound properties and meanings. Ania also writes her own text that then serve as points of departure in her compositional process; so far, she has been exploring writing in Polish. Her current mentors are Marcos Balter, James Primosch, and Anna Weesner. In 2017, she received her BM in composition and theory from the Eastman School of Music.
Ania is a recipient of an Honorable Mention and a two-time finalist of the ASCAP Morton Gould Competition Young Composers Awards, and a finalist of the 2019 Kaleidoscope Call for Scores. In the fall of 2019, she was commissioned by the Daedalus Quartet to write a new piece for their "Music & Migration" 2019-20 concert season. Then recently, two of her works have been selected to be on Petrichor Records "New Music by Living Composers", and she has been invited to attend Tanglewood as a Composer Fellow for the summer of 2020 (which is now postponed to 2021). Upcoming events include a residency at I-Park Foundation, and a collaboration with SO percussion.
Her music has been performed by the MIVOS and Daedalus Quartets, TAK ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, and the Iridium Saxophone Quartet, and has been heard at several festivals, including Tage Neuer Musik in Regensburg (Germany), Valencia International Performance Academy (Spain), Red Note New Music Festival (USA), SoundSCAPE (Italy), and Women in Music (USA).
For more information about her piano background, performances and teaching, please scroll down to Piano.
Outside of music, Ania has a passion for languages, and speaks fluent English, Polish, French, and Vietnamese, in addition to having studied Latin and German; currently, she is working on learning Modern Greek. She also enjoys traveling - having visited 30 countries so far -, wandering in all kinds of museums, and ballroom dancing.